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Living History Day

Date: Sept 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kennedy Gold Mine - 209-223-9542



All-day activities for all ages to include Argonaut Mine surface tours!

Sept.14, 2022—JACKSON, CA—As part of the Centennial Commemoration of the Argonaut Mine Disaster, “Living History Day” at the Kennedy Mine property on Saturday, September 24 will offer a full day of historical and cultural activities for all ages. Also included as part of the day’s events are surface tours of the nearby Argonaut Mine, which have not been offered to the public since the mine closed in 1942.

Please note: Argonaut Mine tours are by reservation only and must be made in person on the day of (Sat., Sept 24); those with reservations must access the tours by shuttle-bus, which will be departing from the Kennedy Mine shuttle stop. Reservation time slots begin at 9 a.m.

Among the many activities of Living History Day is a miner’s character scavenger hunt, in which participants choose a character from 1922 and hunt for a list of artifacts. Other events include self-guided tours of the Kennedy’s surface area and buildings, a mine tunnel experience that takes place in a scale model of an actual mine tunnel, gold panning, blacksmith demonstrations, historical displays and educational videos. A reflection room will be reserved for visitors to contemplate the lives lost in the Argonaut Mine disaster and those who labored relentlessly to save them.

Music and art at the Mine Office will include local bands Slade Rivers, Old Soles, and Windsong, as well as a poetry reading, a Serbian youth folk dance group, art inspired by Serbian miners, and accordion pieces from the era by Nick Ragusano.

A “Miner’s Lunch” will be on sale and served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of mouth-watering menu items will represent some of the various home countries of the miners.

Other scheduled events for Living History Day include a historical plaque dedication, guest speakers including local historians Carolyn Fregulia, Doug Ketron and Larry Angier. A vaudeville musical review rounds out the day that recreates the 1922 performance honoring the fallen miners and disaster at Sid Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater in Hollywood and featuring the Easy Winners ragtime string band.

For more information, location and event details, visit or phone 209-223-9542.

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